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Medical laboratory scientists are at the heart of a patient-centered health care team, managing labs and running tests that will inform diagnosis and treatment.

A career in medical laboratory science combines the challenges of medicine, pathology, basic sciences, and clinical laboratory sciences. Using state-of-the-art biomedical instruments, critical thinking skills, and molecular techniques, medical laboratory scientists are detectives. Loyola's two-year Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science will give you the tools you need to enter this low-profile, but critically important, aspect of the health care field.

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Our commitment to you

Graduates with an MS in medical laboratory science degree will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values to start a career in the lab.

Knowledge

  • Adequate knowledge and background experience to qualify for and pass national certification examinations
  • Depth of learning in various major fields of medical laboratory science

Skills

  • Competencies to work as an entry-level medical laboratory scientist
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills to serve the needs of patients, the health care team, scientific peers, and the general public

Professional Values

Faculty and administrators are engaged in a collaborative effort to recruit, retain, educate, and graduate health care professionals who contribute to the well-being of society. The overall goal of the MS in MLS program is to prepare you for a professional career in all facets of Medical Laboratory Science.

  • Provide students with the competency and knowledge of the clinical laboratory to enter the profession of medical laboratory science.
  • Facilitate the practice of strong communication skills sufficient to serve the needs of patients, the health care team, scientific peers, and the general public.
  • Cultivate the next generation of scientists’ leadership abilities to help guide the changing landscape of health care.

Mission

 

The mission of the M.S. in Medical Laboratory Science program at Loyola University Chicago is to educate competent and qualified Medical Laboratory Scientists. The M.S. in MLS program focuses on preparing students to enhance the health of individuals, communities, and the larger global environment through the discovery, application, and dissemination of knowledge, and service with others. Our mission is to improve patient care through accurate laboratory testing and diagnostic results. The program strives to impart upon graduates exceptional leadership training and acquisition of a clinically relevant base of scientific knowledge and critical thinking skills to engage in clinical laboratory practice, industry, or research. Our mission aligns with that of Loyola University Chicago’s Health Science Campus to advance the University's commitment to a socially just world by developing health care leaders and improving human health through education and research. 

 

 

Goals and Competencies

The goal of the Master’s in Medical Laboratory Science program is to prepare students for a professional career in a facet of Medical Laboratory Science through the acquisition of a clinically relevant base of scientific knowledge, the development of critical thinking skills, and a set of methodological tools to assimilate accurate and valid diagnostic information with disease states.

Students will learn to search the scientific literature, data repositories, and to evaluate and select the relevant information from these sources. Students will also learn to communicate clearly with medical colleagues, scientific peers, patients and with the public.

Loyola University Chicago M.S. in Medical Laboratory Science Goals

  • Provide students with the competency and depth of knowledge in major disciplines of the clinical laboratory to enter the profession of medical laboratory science.
  • Facilitate the practice of strong written and verbal communication skills sufficient to serve the needs of patients, the health care team, scientific peers, and the general public in graduates.
  • Cultivate the next generation of scientists’ leadership abilities to help guide the changing landscape of health care.

The Master’s degree is conferred after demonstrating certain competencies:

  • Acquisition of general and applied knowledge base in the major fields of medical laboratory science.
  • Acquisition of oral and written communication skills sufficient to serve the needs of patients, the health care team, scientific peers and the general public.
  • Satisfactory completion of coursework and professional practicum.
  • Adequate knowledge and background experience to qualify for and pass national certification examinations 


     

 

Faculty, Staff, and Clinical Affiliates

MLS Faculty and Staff

Kamran M. Mirza, MD, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM-MLS Program Director; Assistant Professor

Kristina Gvozdjan, MD; Assistant Professor

Amanda Harrington, PhD, D(ABMM); Associate Professor

Stephen Kahn, PhD; Professor

Jack Maggiore, PhD, MT(ASCP); Assistant Professor

Jeanine Walenga PhD, MT (ASCP)-Professor

Kristen Pesavento, MEd, MLS(ASCP)CM- Instructor, MLS Program Manager

Julie Huynh, MLS(ASCP)CM -MLS Program Assistant

 

Clinical Affiliates

Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Illinois

Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, Melrose Park, Illinois

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois

Alverno Laboratories, Locations across Illinois and Indiana

By the numbers

16%

projected growth for medical laboratory lab jobs

2.3

million New health care jobs created by 2024

4.7-9.1%

Vacancy rate in medical laboratory science field as of 2017

Curriculum

The MS in Medical Laboratory Science degree accepts students for fall semester enrollment and is designed to be completed within five continuous semesters of study over the course of two years.

Semester 1(13 credit hours)

Semester 2 (13 credit hours)

Semester 3 - summer (7 credit hours)

Semester 4 (14 credit hours)

Clinical Rotations at one of our affiliated laboratories consisting of practicums in the following areas:

Semester 5 (10 credit hours)

Clinical Rotations at one of our affiliated laboratories consisting of practicums in the following areas:

Admission

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Medical Laboratory Science program will be extending their application cycle through June 19, 2020.

The Medical Laboratory Science degree only admits students for the Fall semester.  Each cohort consists of a maximum of 15 students.

Applicants to the master in medical lab science program must submit the following:

  • Completion of the Loyola University Chicago graduate school admission application
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to matriculation
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended
  • Completion of the following prerequisite courses:
    • 16 semester hours (or 24 quarter hours) of biological science, including one semester of microbiology with a laboratory component
    • 16 semester hours (or 24 quarter hours) of chemistry with laboratory including one semester in organic or biochemistry
    • 3 semester hours (4 quarter hours) of mathematics
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Self-verification of the essential functions required of Medical Laboratory Scientists
International Applicants

International applicants must submit the following, in addition to the other application materials:

  • TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE official score report sent directly from the testing service
  • A Course-by-Course transcript evaluation report from ECE or Educational Perspectives
Admission Policies

Applications open for the Fall semester approximately one year before intended enrollment.  Competitive applicants should submit a completed application by January 1.  After the initial decisions following January 1, applicants are admitted by rolling review until May 15.  The Medical Laboratory Science Master of Science program is committed to reviewing all applications received in their entirety by May 15th and admissions decisions are made based on a review of the application materials.  The deadline to accept admission is June 1.

Loyola University Chicago admits students without regard to race, color, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, ancestry, military discharge or status, marital status, parental status, or any other protected status.

Tuition and Fees

The Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the financial resources to make their education at Loyola affordable.

The Loyola University Chicago Medical Laboratory Science program is seeking initial accreditation with the National Accrediting Agency for Clincal Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).  They can be contacted at:

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720 Rosemont, IL 60018; Ph: 773-714-8880; Fax: 773-714-8886; Email: info@NAACLS.org